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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A mild and overcast morning greeted our eight participants this week. Although the drought has been hard on katydids, they are still around, concentrated near water sources that support the foliage they eat. One of the big differences between the related katydids (nocturnal) and grasshoppers (diurnal) is the length of their antennae; long is better for feeling around in the dark.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Geococcyx californianus (greater roadrunner)
photo by Val Bugh


Carduelis psaltria (lesser goldfinch, male)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Larinia directa (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Asterocampa celtis (hackberry emperor)
photo by Val Bugh


Cydia latiferreana (filbertworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peridea angulosa (angled prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (lacewing, larva carrying debris on back)
photo by Val Bugh


Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's forktail)
photo by Val Bugh


Asphaera lustrans (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red ladybird beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Conotrachelus sp. (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mealybugs, with carpenter ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Microphthalma sp. (tachinid fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Sparnopolius sp. (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Apis mellifera (honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Halictus sp. (sweat bees, males)
photo by Val Bugh


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, nectar stealing)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca americana (American bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Orchelimum silvaticum (long-spurred meadow katydid, female)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Oriole (Icterus sp.)
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodpecker (Melanerpes sp.)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      notodontidae  Peridea angulosa  Angled Prominent
        Schizura errucata  Prominent
      geometridae  Digrammia colorata  Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm (pupa)
      sphingidae  Manduca sexta  Carolina Sphinx (larva)
      pyralidae  Tampa dimediatella  Tampa Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      bruchidae  Unknown sp.  Seed Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Ladybird
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Ladybird
      cerambycidae  Sphaenothecus bivittata  Long-horned Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Conotrachelus sp.  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus clypealis  Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Keltonia tuckeri  Plant Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha sp.  Lace Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      kermesidae  Unknown sp.  Gall-like Scale
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa tabaniformis  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Unknown sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Dianthidium sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster sp.  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilognathus sp.  Bee Fly
        Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes sinuosa  Bee Fly
        Sparnopolius sp.  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tephritidae  Neotephritis finalis  Fruit Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner

    orthoptera  acriridae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca damnifica  Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    araneae  thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Larinia directa  Orbweaver

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